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Prevention of Workplace Violence Workshop

December 19, 2005
As you know, all workers have a right to a safe work environment. Surveys consistently indicate that HSA members care about and are willing to become involved in health and safety issues. Unions have a significant role to play ensuring that our workplaces are safe. HSA takes a leadership role in the promotion of workplace safety through health and safety education initiatives for our membership, such as the Prevention of Workplace Violence Workshop. We urge you to talk to other Stewards, OH&S Stewards and interested members to encourage them to attend this workshop together.

Nominations open for Regional Director positions in Region 2, 4, 6, 8, & 10

December 8, 2005
This year Regional Director elections will take place in Regions 2, 4, 6, 8 & 10. All HSA members in these regions are encouraged to put their name forward for these important positions. Directors meet, on average, every six weeks and take an active leadership role in representing the union. They are reimbursed for the time they spend in official meetings at their own regular rate of pay. Part-time and casual members are reimbursed as if they were at work during the meetings they attend.

•Therefore be it resolved

December 8, 2005
HSA members will soon be preparing for the 2006 HSA Convention, to be held April 6, 7, & 8, 2006 at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown in Burnaby. Conventions are where chapters from around the province determine the future direction of the union. Policies, actions, constitutional amendments, structural changes are all discussed and debated at convention.

2006 HSA Convention to be held April 6, 7, & 8, 2006 in Burnaby

December 8, 2005
The 2006 HSA Convention is just around the corner. Once again, delegates will have an opportunity to debate issues and help to determine the future direction of our union. All HSA members are welcome to attend and speak at the Convention, which will be held this year at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown in Burnaby. However, only delegates have the right to vote.

10th Annual Labour Community Christmas Dinners

December 7, 2005
 BL10087 The 10th Annual Labour Community Christmas Dinners will be held on Saturday, December 24th, from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Whalley Legion Hall in Surrey and the Maritime Labour Centre in Vancouver. There are many ways that HSA members can help. HSA members wishing to make a donation can send cheques payable to: Labour Community Christmas Dinnerc/o Angela Schira, Secretary-TreasurerBC Federation of Labour#200 - 5118 Joyce StreetVancouver, BC V5R 4H1

Community social service members select representatives for bargaining committee

December 6, 2005
BL10086 HSA members covered by the Community Social Services Bargaining Association collective agreement held a bargaining proposal conference last week to discuss priorities for the upcoming negotiations. The current collective agreement expires March 31, 2006. Pat Jacklin, an HSA member at Comox Valley Transition Society, was elected to join Labour Relations Officer Josef Rieder as HSA's representatives on the Community Social Services Bargaining Association of Unions (CSSBA). Also elected to the HSA bargaining advisory committee were:

MLAs not the only ones who deserve wage increase

November 18, 2005
BL10085 HSA President Cindy Stewart has written to Premier Gordon Campbell calling on the government to apply the same factors and considerations that led to a 15 per cent wage increase for MLAs to the governments preparations for setting a wage mandate for other public sector workers, including the health care and community social services workers represented by HSA.

HSA members urged to vote in municipal election

November 14, 2005
On November 19, 2005 British Columbians head to the polls to elect mayors, municipal councillors, school trustees, and regional district representatives. These local representatives make decisions that affect our everyday lives, and play a critical role in making our neighbourhoods, towns, and regions places where we want to live. Local politicians also speak up for communities on important local, provincial and federal issues, and are an important voice for our communities with higher levels of government.

HSA scholarships for 2006 Canadian Labour Congress WINTER SCHOOL

November 10, 2005
One of Canada's best labour schools, held at Harrison Hot Springs, in January and February 2006

BC Federation of Labour scholarships - 2006 Canadian Labour Congress WINTER SCHOOL

November 10, 2005
The BC Federation of Labour offers two scholarships for attendance at the 2006 CLC Winter School: